OCRACES

County of Orange (California)
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service


Orange County Sheriff's Department
Communications & Technology Division


Home County/City/MOU Units Links Van Newsletters Net Assignments Mission Statement Member Expectations Baker to Vegas Winlink Visual Communications Emergency Supplies DC Connector
What Are ACS and RACES? FCC RACES Rules Contact Employment Volunteer Protection Act Forms

Emergency Communications Response Vehicle

The County of Orange maintains a RACES Emergency Communications Response Vehicle that is available for response 24/7. This vehicle provides communications resources to the scene of an emergency, disaster, or special event.

Three workstations provide the ability to coordinate communications using both amateur radio and public-safety radio systems.

The first operating position behind the driver (for HF, packet, APRS, and visual communications) consists of a Yaesu FT-100D amateur HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, a Kenwood TM-D700A amateur 144/440 MHz dual-band transceiver, a Kenwood VC-H1 visual communicator, and three video monitors. It can send and receive amateur and slow-scan television.

The second and third operating positions consist of Kenwood TM-742A amateur VHF/UHF transceivers, Vertex Standard VX-4000 public-safety radios, and Motorola 800 MHz public-safety radios.

The vehicle has two cellular phones, a telephone switch, computer network with printer, and an on-board generator for emergency power.

The dimensions of this vehicle are:
            Length:  21 feet, 10 inches
            Width:  7 feet, 4 inches
            Height:  Approximately 8 feet, 8 inches (10 feet, 6 inches including antennas)

This vehicle does not have four-wheel drive and is not intended for off-road use.

In keeping with the role and mission of the County of Orange RACES program, this vehicle will certainly benefit the Cities and County of Orange by having such a tremendous resource at their disposal.